Through My Eyes by Lauren Bruhn

Lately I have been taking time to ponder Hebrews 11:1 - "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” Last summer I had a lot of time to be alone and to really concentrate on God’s voice and His vision for what was coming up in my life. One of the things I spent time contemplating was Africa. For as far back as I can remember, I had always wanted to go to Africa and work in an orphanage, but I knew there was a difference between wanting to go and being called to go. So this past summer I asked God if that desire was from Him. His answer? Yes. Just yes, which you’d think would make me rejoice, but it freaked me out. When? Where? What? How? All these questions were running through my mind constantly. Fortunately, God is an extremely faithful God, and just as a loving father takes care of his children, God takes care of us. I just returned home from my first trip to Africa on Mystery Trip 2011! Sometimes we aren’t sure of the answers to the, “When, where, what, how,” and that’s ok. God just wants us to follow our dreams and trust in Him. Once we trust Him, things seem to happen so quickly and we don’t know how it all worked out. Whether it’s waiting patiently over time or it happens in the blink of an eye, taking steps of faith always feels uncomfortable, but sacrificing that comfort is worth having your dreams come true.